Zodwa Msimanga – Primary Phase Facilitator


Tell us about your Education and Experience

I hold a Diploma and a B-Tech in Child and Youth Development and I am a qualified Child and Youth care worker. My experience focuses on providing counselling and designing daily therapeutic programs to help children and youth cope with their life situations. As a Trainer and Assessor for community Child and Youth care workers, I had the opportunity to learn from and work with educators from various schools and social-cultural backgrounds.

What does Learning mean to you?

I could compare learning to being thirsty and the only way to quenching this thirst is through continuous learning, knowledge and skills. Learning involves more than just knowing facts, it helps me understand the important things in life. For me, learning means gaining the necessary life skills and knowledge to help me throughout my adulthood, and lead my personal and professional development.

Tell us more about yourself

I am passionate about learning and children’s education. I am excited about finding out more on how children and youth can be continuously stimulated to be self-driven, excited and long to learn without being told to. I love creating an environment where children and youth are free to be themselves, express themselves without the fear of being judged, compared and belittled. I believe that children learn most when they are feeling happy, accepted, loved and cared for. I value the importance of viewing the child as a whole and a full member of the society with his or her own voice. Children should not only be seen but must be heard.


Cristina Nanabhay – High-School Phase Facilitator


Tell us about your Experience?

I am a Mathematician, Educator, Entrepreneur and a passionate Social Developer. My work experience has focused primarily on Education of Mathematics and Science, as well as Social Integration and Development for under-privileged families. I work, learn and teach at the Open Minds Campus where I enjoy the privilege to facilitate the process of awakening the whole child towards creative responsibility, developing confident, balanced individuals empowered to work with the challenges of today and tomorrow.

What does Education and Learning mean to you?

Our social structures have created extremely complicated survival processes. A child’s ability to look at life with utter freshness and involvement is slowly disappearing. It is the duty and responsibility of our educational systems to bring that back. Education can hardly be a profession – it must be a passion. In the process of education, I feel that it is very important to see that the child does not lose his joyfulness, his spontaneity, or his ability to be truthful without any fear of consequence.

Here, at the Open Minds Campus, we are striving to create the environment where education is not about loading the child’s mind with information, but about making the child’s mind capable of razor sharp perception, capable of knowing life in its full depth and dimension.

Education is about expanding the horizons of human experience and becoming inclusive. Only in a state of inclusiveness can the empowerment of education become a bounty all of us may cherish.

Personal Interests and Development

I am a grateful mother of Aliya (age 13) and Hana (age 8). I am vegetarian and have a life-long interest in Health and Spiritual Well-Beingness – Yoga, Meditation and Alternative Healing.

I am Passionately Curious … about Everything!



Ayla Caldwell – Posture Alignment Exercises


Tell us about your Education and Experience

I qualified with a Pilates Mat Work certification in 2009 and started teaching at Virgin active. By 2011 I expanded into renting my own venues and providing group as well as private sessions. I felt that I wanted more understanding to help people regain their movement and in particular how to assist with chronic pain symptoms, as I myself battled with back pain. I branched off into an American technique known as the Egoscue Method, which in 2014 gave me a greater understanding of  body mechanics. I also enrolled for a South African course developed by a physiotherapist, called Myofascial Activated Posture, and this gave me further tools to increase the body’s ability to move.

What does Learning mean to you?

Learning for me is a never ending story. There is always more to discover, more to know and I find learning an exhilarating experience. I am learning every day, whether through theory or with every client I work with. When anything new interests me, I want to increase my understanding and to do this I have to gain a better reality by what I notice. I communicate into this mystery through books or through clients’ feedback. Learning makes me more excited, curious and hungry for more knowledge.  As my knowledge increases, I can better control and implement the right exercises, feeling more confident to take on the responsibility of the client’s care into my hands. Knowledge for me is a continuous circle getting bigger and bigger, allowing me to do more and more.

Tell us more about yourself

I am deeply passionate about finding the right solution to helping others with their body problems. I am glad to see the children at the campus enjoy the benefits of the exercises. And wherever I can, I try to help them by giving menus to do in their own time at home if they have a personal body discomfort. I love working with people and always want to see others happy and full of energy, by being able to move freely.




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